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Oh my goodness, you guys – I cannot. stand. the cute.My mom has been in the hospital for two weeks now, and her main nurse, Angie, is due to have a baby girl early next month. Angie has been so sweet and helpful to my mom, that we thought it would be a nice gesture to knit her a little baby hat as a thank you. Since this will be a spring baby, my mind immediately went to Susan B. Anderson’s Bunny Tail hat. A few hours is all it takes to knit this bundle of cuteness. I mean, just look at these precious little ears, with their tiny yarn bows:Irresistible. And the furry little tail:AdorableHere are the details if you’d like to make your own little Bunny Tail in time for Spring or Easter (and you know you want to…):

  • Pattern: Bunny Tail Hat, by Susan B. Anderson
  • Source:Itty-Bitty Hats
  • Yarn: Berroco Comfort DK in Pretty Pink – 2705 (body) and Chalk -2700 (tail)
  • Needles: Size US 7 16″ circs. and set of US 7 dpns.
  • Size Made: newborn
  • Ravelers: Click here for Project Page

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Now that the new year is upon us, it’s back to healthy eating. My hubby likes to bring an apple to work with him in the morning, simply wrapped up in a paper towel*.  I thought he needed something a little nicer than a plain old paper towel, so I knit him an apple cozy!   I figured it would keep the apple better protected, in case he didn’t get to eat it right away.  Oddly, when I went to cast on, I discovered that I do not own a set of Size 5 dpns., so I made do with size 6 – the apple still fits perfectly. The pattern calls for a picot bind-off, which is a bit girly, so I switched it to a rib knit bind-off to keep it more masculine.  This was a fun little under-an-hour project, and it got a good laugh when I gave it to my hubby. Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Pearapple Cozy by Susan B. Anderson {a free knitting pattern!}
  • Yarn: Berroco Comfort DK in Dusk-2713, trace amount from stash
  • Needles: Size US 6 dpns.
  • Size made: One size
  • Ravelers: Click here for project page

 Today I am looking forward to the 5-8″ of snow we are expecting…there is nothing better than being snowed in with some knitting! ~J

{*Apparently, the paper towel serves a purpose – to clean your hands and hold the core until he gets to work and can throw it away – so this morning, I tucked one neatly into the cozy for him to use…}

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I’ve been meaning to share my Spud & Chloe knitalong sweater with you for quite some time now.  It came off my needles in late November, and it’s just the perfect sweater for this time of year.  I find myself reaching for it more than anything else in my closet.It is knit in the same exact size as Susan’s Grape Jelly pullover, only instead of adding garter stitch along the neckline, bottom hem and cuffs, I knit a 1 x 1 rib.  The sweater is roomy – thanks to the custom fit –  and the Cascade 220 wool is warm, warm, warm.The sleeves are not as tapered as I thought they would be – as you can see in this picture, they are more of a stove-pipe fit.  So if you would like the cuff to be a little more snug at the wrist, you might want to increase the number of decreases you work as you knit the arm.  The pattern was a dream to follow – most of the math was at the beginning and once you got going, it was pretty much stockinette all the way through.  This sweater reminds me of my beloved LL Bean raglan pullovers.  I would be perfectly happy with a whole closet of these in all different colors, although it might be fun to try the boat-neck version Wendy wrote up as well – in nautical stripes, of course.  It is perfect cold-weather addition to my standard outfit of Gap jeans and a gray t-shirt.Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Easy Top-Down Raglan Pullover, by Susan B. Anderson {free pattern!}
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Peruvian Highland Wool, 4 skeins in color 8400
  • Needles: Size US 7, 24″ circulars and set of Size 7 dpns.
  • Size made: 36″ bust measurement (I’m really a 34″, but I like my sweaters roomy…)
  • Modifications: added 1×1 ribbing at all openings instead of garter stitch

Math + lesson on sweater construction = fun.  ~J

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Hello, all!  Sorry for the long absence – we just got back from a week in beautiful Florida.  We went down to celebrate the 70th Wedding Anniversary of my husband’s grandparents.   Can you imagine being married for seventy years?  It is amazingly inspiring…  The trip down and back was the perfect time for some sweater knitting, and I knocked out almost the whole length of the body on my raglan pullover.  I will knit for 3 more inches, then add the ribbed border – either 1×1 or 2×2 rib – we will see which looks best.

Here is a picture of where I casted on the 5 extra stitches under the arms.  I tried the sweater on yesterday, and it fits like a glove!  I need to finish it soon, now that I am back to the chilly Delaware weather…

It will be the perfect weekend to  head over to the local orchard for pumpkin picking and my favorite –  apple cider donuts. What will you be doing this weekend?   ~J

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On Tuesday, I decided to cast on my Raglan pullover for the Spud & Chloe knitalong, and let me tell you – this is going to be big trouble.  If you are going to start a knitalong, you should forget about everything else you need to do – laundry, cleaning, showering – because the only thing that will matter to you will be getting to the next step.

It is so insanely addicting that I even skipped lunch just so that I could keep knitting.  Part 1 is finished – since my neck measured 5″, I cast on the same number of stitches as Susan’s Grape Jelly pullover, and knit the raglan increases until the piece measured 3″ from the cast on edge before joining in the round.  I am quickly working my way through Part 2, which is to knit the sweater until it reaches 1″ below my underarm, after which, the sleeves will get separated from the body.  I am using one of my beloved LL Bean raglan pullovers as a guide…everything is matching up quite nicely.

I love that this sweater pattern is more of a recipe than an actual written pattern; since it’s knit top-down, I’ll be able to try it on as I knit and custom-fit it to my body using a little bit of math.  Susan clearly explains every step, so don’t let a little math scare you from joining.  Plus, there is a lot of support out there if you need help along the way!

Today, I refuse to pick up my needles until my to-do list is complete.  We’ll see how long that lasts… ~J

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1. Make a delicious brunch.  Doesn’t this Brioche French Toast looks scrumptious?

2. Browse the new fabric at Sew Mama Sew!

3. See what Garance is up to.  Then promptly clean out closet.

4. Catch up on Never Not Knitting podcasts.

5. Splurge on a glamorous new summer lipstickWear it every single day to justify the cost.

6. Check out the new Spud & Chloe yarn colors.  Also:

7. Read about Susan’s Dream Catcher Baby BlanketAdorable and free!

8. Read the new online Lonny magazine.  Drink hot coffee. 

9. Plan a trip to the gorgeous new Purl Soho shopLeave wallet at home.

10.  Make a pot of Sunday Sauce.  Check out Ree’s yummy version.

~Have a great weekend!

{image from the lovely Sunday Suppers}

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Oh, the joys of Spring!  Babies, babies, and more babies to knit for.  Baby knits are the most satisfying types of knits – fast, cute and colorful.  This little hat is for another old high school friend of mine, Pete, and his wife Stephanie.  They are having a little girl in a few weeks, and I couldn’t resist whipping up this little confection of a hat for her.

The stem is knit as part of the hat, and the five petals were knit separately and then attached after.  I left the petals slightly loose, so that the ends could curl up a bit like  – just like real flowers.  There was quite a lot of weaving in to do, but the overall effect was totally worth it.

Don’t you just want to knit a whole bunch of these in different colors and sit them in a sunny window?  Adorable!  Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Upside-Down Daisy by Susan B. Anderson
  • Source: Itty Bitty Hats.  Buy it here!
  • Yarn: Berroco Comfort in Raspberry Sorbet (9728), Buttercup (9712), Chalk (9700), and Seedling (9740)
  • Needles: Size US 7 16″circular and US 7 dpns.
  • Size Made: Newborn

Lately, my brain is bursting with so many creative ideas that I literally had to write them all down!  I have quite a few things to show you, including some super-soft washcloths, a luxurious silk shawl/scarf, a new fingerless glove pattern, a couple of knitting magazine reviews, oh, and Jaime made two new fantastic summer dresses for the girlies.  Can’t wait to show you!

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